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Markus P. Bidell

Associate Professor of Counseling

212 772-4714
1114 West

Dr. Bidell is an Associate Professor in the graduate Counseling Program at Hunter College. He is also the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Social Science and Public Policy Center and a Faculty Associate at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute-Hunter College. He earned his master's degree in Community Counseling at Sonoma State University and his doctorate degree is in Combined Psychology (Clinical/Counseling/School) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Permanent Certification in School Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State.



Dr. Bidell has over a decade of experience as a counselor educator. He teaches mental health, school, and rehabilitation counseling students in both applied and clinical courses.



Dr. Bidell's scholarship focuses on multicultural and LGBT affirmative counselor competence as well as LGBT mental health and psychosocial disparities. Dr. Bidell created the Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale (SOCCS; Bidell, 2005). The SOCCS is the first psychometrically valid and reliable instrument based on the tripartite multicultural counselor competency model proposed initially by Sue, Arredondo, and McDavis (1992). The SOCCS assesses mental health providers' attitudinal awareness, skill, and knowledge regarding LGBT affirmative counseling. Since its publication, the SOCCS has gained widespread application as a primary outcome variable in peer reviewed and doctoral dissertation research. Dr. Bidell's research increasingly explores the social justice issues affecting at-risk students as well as LGBT youth. Addressing psychosocial disparities that negatively impact LGBT individuals represent the core foundational constituent of all Dr. Bidell's scholarly work.



Whitman, J. S. & Bidell, M. P. (in press). Affirmative LGB counselor education and religious beliefs: How do we bridge the gap? Journal of Counseling and Development.

Bidell, M. P. (in-press). Is there an emotional cost to completing high school? Ecological factors and psychological distress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homeless youth. Journal of Homosexuality.

Bidell, M. P. (2012). Addressing disparities: The impact of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender graduate counselling course. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/14733145.2012.741139

Bidell, M. P. (2012). Examining school counseling students' multicultural and sexual orientation competencies through a cross-specialization comparison. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90, 200-207. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-6676.2012.00025.x

Bidell, M. P. (2010). Can nature heal? The impact of adventure based counseling for gay/bisexual men living with HIV/AIDS. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 1, 68-79. doi: 10.1177/2150137810367801

Bidell, M. P., Ragen, J. K., Broach, C. & Carillo, E. (2007). First impressions: A multicultural content analysis of professional psychology program Web sites. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1, 204-214. doi: 10.1037/1931-3918.s.2.112

Bidell, M. P. (2005). The Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale: Assessing attitudes, skills, and knowledge of counselors working with Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual clients. Counselor Education and Supervision Journal, 44(4). 267-279.


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